Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Manitoba teams hit the ice at Scotties

  • Print

CHARLOTTETOWN — Team Canada's Jennifer Jones and Team Manitoba's Cathy Overton-Clapham exchanged greetings — and not much else — here at the Charlottetown Civic Centre this morning as both teams got their first look at the ice for tomorrow's start of the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

The two teams, whose history and tempestuous relationship is the most sensational storyline heading into the normally sedate Canadian womens curling championship, practiced on the same morning session, separated by one sheet of ice. They didn't interact on-ice, but did run into one another under the stands prior to practice.

"I saw her this morning and said hello," Overton-Clapham reported following practice.

"We passed each other, and, yeah," said Jones.

The two teams have not played one another since Jones fired Overton-Clapham last spring as her third on the three-time defending Canadian champion.

Overton-Clapham subsequently cobbled together a team over the summer and surprised many by winning the Manitoba womens title in Altona last month to advance to this event.

While the Jones and Overton-Clapham foursomes have both played at cash spiel events this winter, they have not actually faced each other on the ice yet this season. They will do so at least once here, however, in a round-robin game next Wednesday evening that Calgary Herald curling writer Allen Cameron has already proclaimed the most "compelling women's curling game" ever played.

Calm down, said Jones second Jill Officer. "I think people are making more of it right now than it needs to be," said Officer. "There's been thousands of curling games in the past that have been great, well-curled games that have been where people walk away from saying, 'Wow, that was a great game to watch.'

"So just because of the history that happened, doesn't mean it's going to be a great game."

Maybe so, but Overton-Clapham says there's no denying this one will be special. "Would I be lying if I said we didn't want to go out and win this game? Yeah, of course — I want to win every game.

"Will it be extra special? For sure. I find it quite exciting that everyone's talking about it and we're going to be part of a game everyone's talking about. I won't be watching at home. I'll be on the ice."

Jones, as she has all season, downplayed the rivalry with Overton-Clapham. "For us, it's just another game in the round-robin and it's really nothing more than that," Jones said, denying the game or her relationship with Overton-Clapham could become a distraction here as her team attempts to win their record-tying fourth straight Canadian championship.

"Even if we're asked questions every day, it's just going to be one game at a time. You learn — you can't look to the end of the round-robin. You just can't. It's not going to be a challenge at all. You guys might not be able to sleep at night, but we will be."

The teams here will play an individual skills competition this afternoon and then attend a gala opening banquet tonight. Overton-Clapham plays Saskatchewan on Draw 1 Saturday afternoon and then NWT/Yukon Saturday night, while Jones has just one game Saturday evening against Quebec.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Total Body Tune-Up: Farmer's Carry

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A nesting goose sits on the roof of GoodLife Fitness at 143 Nature Way near Kenaston as the morning sun comes up Wednesday morning- See Bryksa’s Goose a Day Photo- Day 07- Web crop-May 09, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A female Mallard duck leads a group of duckings on a morning swim through the reflections in the Assiniboine River at The Forks Monday.     (WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Winnipeg Free Press  June 18 2012

View More Gallery Photos


What do you think of the government's announcement that there will be no balanced provincial budget until 2018?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google